An Indian bride is deemed incomplete without her sixteen adornments and jewelry forms an essential part of these adornments. On the main wedding day, every bride is expected to look her best. To achieve this goal, the bride pays special attention towards her wedding attire, jewelry, accessories, makeup and hair style. There are a number of items in the jewelry which cover, almost all the vital parts of the body. These items are specially prepared to compliment the bridal dress. The bridal jewelry consists of the following items.
It is worn on the forehead by the bride. This is a reason why most of the bridal hair styles bear center parting. This is done in order to accommodate the maangtika. This can be in different shapes and studded with different precious and semi precious stones. It usually consists of a string a with a center piece attached to one end. In varied cultures, the form of the maangtika varies. It is even seen as a crown in some regions.
Necklace is the most eye catchy piece of jewelry, worn by the bride. It comes along with matching ear rings and nose piece. Moreover, attention is paid that it compliments the color of your attire and neck line. A choker is deemed perfect for such an occasion, coupled with a long necklace.
The ear rings usually match the necklace. You can choose between varieties like long heavy ear rings or short loops, from antique ear rings to small studs, depending upon your wedding outfit's color and design.
This is another essential jewelry item to be worn by the bride. It is also chosen keeping in mind the color and design of the ear rings. The traditional nose piece is known as 'Nath', which consists of a studded nose ring with a long chain hooked up in the hair. In case the nose is not pierced, there are nose studs available, which can be temporarily worn by the bride for the ceremony.
Bangles are the symbol of the nuptial rituals. As a result, the bride wears both gold as well as glass bangles on her wedding day. The glass bangles are mostly of the color of the wedding dress. However, the gold bangles are the ones gifted by the mother in law.
Arm bands or armlets enhance the beauty of the bride, elating her grace and elegance. It is a traditional and regal jewelry item, which has become quite a fashion statement today. For a more stylish look, they are worn only on one arm.
Rings are also vital to the embellishment of the bride. Usually the bride wears a Hath phoolhar in her hands. This consists of five rings for all the fingers, connected with a central piece, further connected with a bracelet, to be worn in the hand.
Waist band is worn on the waist, over the saree or the lehenga. This is a heavy jewelry piece, which is quite traditional in look and design. This also serves as a support for the wedding dress and helps to keep in place. An artistic waist band can really add up to the grandeur of your wedding ensemble.
Anklets and Toe Rings
The bride also wears anklets and toe rings in her feet. These are usually made of silver as gold is not worn in the feet. They are available in intricate designs, decorated with works of meenakari, kundan and beads.